What are you reading in April 2022? Ryan North, Jennifer Egan

Molly Shannon on the cover of her 2022 memoir Hello, Molly!

graphic: Natalie Peeples, image: HarperCollins

In our monthly book club, we discuss what we’re reading right now and ask everyone in the comments to do the same.

Hello Molly! A memory by Molly Shannon and Sean Wilsey

Since ingestion Saturday night live in the storm in the ‘In the ’90s, comedy icon Molly Shannon won the hearts of countless television and film fans with her scene-stealing acting skills. Take famous mom Pat Dubek, the beating heart of HBO The other two and a perfect crystallization of Shannon’s talent for balancing heartfelt emotion with killer comedy. Shannon writes with Sean Wilsey and brings the same sparkling energy Hello Molly!– a moving reminder of the tragic car accident that killed Shannon’s mother, sister and a cousin when she was just 4 years old years old through and through her rise in the entertainment industry. Packed with charming Hollywood anecdotes and poignant insights into growing through adversity, Hello Molly! is a sweet read with enough zip to enjoy in one sitting. It doesn’t reinvent the celebrity memoir, but neither does it have to. Light, breezy and with love oozing from the page, Shannon is as delightful to read as she is to look at. [Alison Foreman]

How to take over the world by Ryan North

The cover of Ryan North's How To Take Over The World

image: Penguin Random House

It’s not a new notion that superheroes are inherently a reactive bunch; Superman is a good guy and all, but his main goal in life is to stop supervillains from doing the real, interesting, world-changing things, like putting the planet in a big glass bottle or executing complicated nuclear missile-heavy real estate schemes. Ryan North’s new pop science book How to take over the world takes this picture of the super villain as a doTaking it to the extreme, it presents itself as a practical, quick, and easy guide to the ins and outs of such schemes as building your own flying superbase, conquering a sovereign country, and potentially living forever to defy your pathetic mortal enemies. As with his previous one How to invent anything— a “handbook for stranded time travelers” that also served as a practical guide to the development of human civilization — North uses the high-concept metaphor to keep deep dives into real science from becoming too dry (supported by many cheerful illustrations). cartoon villain by artist Carly Monardo.) But North also embraces the villain’s potential as an inspirational character. After all, a supervillain is someone who sheds the veil of impotence under which we all struggle in our day-to-day lives, looks at the world and says, “This could be different!” (And possibly better; North understandably elaborates on plans where many people get blown up in favor of ambitious plans (e.g., to become the world’s most popular person by solving global warming.) The end result is often funny, occasionally dark—nothing like contemplating how to leave a gloating message , which will outlive not just you, but the Earth itself – but always a fascinating look at the current and weirdest corners of the scientific world. [William Hughes]

The candy house by Jennifer Egan

The cover of Jennifer Egan's The Candy House

image: clerk

Author Jennifer Egan treated the readers A visit from the good crew in 2010. Now the visionary novelist is back with The candy house– a stunning sequel that updates the storylines of more numerous goon squad Characters while never failing to stand out on its own two book covers. The plot of this captivating meditation on memory is anchored in a technological revolution that allows people to revisit moments from their lives through a kind of high-tech archive invented by none other than the returning Bix. Yes, it’s themed territory done to death on page and screen; that black mirror Episode “The Entire History Of You” comes to mind. But Egan breathes new life into the familiar setting with unique injections of humanity that feel both meticulous and organic. As with the slide show in Goon Squad, The Candy House is littered with first-hand artifacts from this invasive world, giving the book a sense of being transported from another time. you will fall in [Alison Foreman]

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